Looking for something cosy and comforting for your daughter's room? I thought this sweet country-style bedding from world's-loveliest-interior-designer-slash-presenter Shannon Fricke would look right at home on a girl's bed. It's more sophisticated than many offerings for kids and will take a tween girl right through the teen years.
How gorgeous is the dusky pink velvet European pillow cover - just the right shade of not-too-girly pink and totally luxurious. I love this set teamed with floral wallpaper as Shannon has done here - and of course a posy of roses and a delicate tea cup would look perfect on the bed stand.
You can find Shannon Fricke's latest 'From Dusk Til Dawn' bedding collection, rugs and homewares in the online store and at Domayne stores across Australia from May 2013. Thank you Shannon for sending this my way!
Aussie sticker experts Tinyme have a fantastic free printable ANZAC Day set on offer including a DIY paper poppy and recipe for ANZAC cookies. Make a poppy to wear on ANZAC Day, or decorate your home with a paper poppy wreath. They also look great displayed in bud vases. Download on the Tinyme website. Thanks Tinyme!
Oh what a wonderful day we had on Sunday playing croquet and eating pie under glorious blue skies and warm sunshine at the Cheltenham Croquet Club in Sydney. Things were not looking good with torrential rain on Saturday, but the weather turned it on for a fabulous birthday party. This is my friend Laura - doesn't she look amazing!
Ant's Mexican pie scored first prize in the pie tasting competition, with second prize going to Laura's blueberry pie and Estelle nudged in third with a beautifully-presented lemon meringue pie. There was lemonade, Pimm's and croquet for the grown-ups and Harris organised sack races, egg-and-spoon races and soccer sudden death for the kids. Photos coming soon!
I also received some incredibly generous gifts, and have to share some of them with you over the next few days. What style-savvy friends I have!
I remember going to Day Camp as a child. We all got on the bus and ended up in a big field in a bushy area south of Brisbane. We made humpty-doos and billy tea and damper. We sang a lot of songs, put on a performance at the end of the week, and had an amazing time.
Next July school holidays, there is an equally memory-making (if not a little more cool/urban) opportunity at Megan Morton's The School in Sydney.
Long-time blogger and now home-schooler Amanda Lonsdale (aka Miss Lonny) will be hosting a four-day and two-day craft program for children 6-15 years. Limited to only 12 kids per class, the program will include a different instructor each day, sharing their love of terrariums, printmaking, sewing, photography, paper crafts, and a super-cool "fiesta day". The kids will be coming home each day with armfuls of things they have made, and tales of new friendships too.
I can only imagine how inspiring for the kids at The School - a big, light-filled space, bright craft material, fun instructors,
sweet treats and all based in the heart of one of the city's
coolest design districts. The kids' craft program looks like a great experience and something the kids will remember for a long time (and I bet the afternoon tea tastes slightly better than our dodgy damper!).
The four-day program will run from Tuesday July 2nd - Thursday July 4th, 2013, and the two-day program will run on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July, 2013. The classes run
from 9.30am - 4pm and are fully catered for including a yummy morning
tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. A full description of classes can also be found on The School website on the July 2013 calendar. Read more about The School here on Bondville.
I first met Leslie Keating from Maze & Vale at The Finders Keepers market in Sydney last year and was blown away by her delicate screenprinted textiles. My friend Lisa introduced us, and once we got chatting I noticed her dropsheet artworks, featuring the random placements of colour and pattern from screenprinting. They are breath-taking!
Gorgeous dropsheet cotton canvas artworks stitched onto watercolour paper (and a limited edition oobee toy).
Hand screen-printed linen.
Hand screen-printed quilting weight premium cotton fabric.
One-of-a-kind foldover tote (and other limited edition products) made from cotton canvas dropsheets.
Leslie's fabrics in muted palettes with sweet patterns are super-versatile - ideal for everything from a baby's quilt, to kids clothes, to a tote or clutch for Mum. I would loooove a bed linen sheet set with pillow in any of Leslie's pattern designs. They work so beautifully together that any designs in the current collection are perfect to mix-and-match.
You can find Melbourne-based Maze & Vale textiles, artworks and accessories in the online etsy store. If you are quick, head over to the blog or Facebook page where you can enter Leslie's current giveaway. It's a good one!
On the subject of amazing jewellery, here's another Australian designer working with resin that I spotted in Avoca a few weeks ago. Nicola Porello creates beautiful jewellery under the Emerald Green Submarine label from her base in the artistic community of Castlemaine in Central Victoria.
It was a pretty special birthday for me yesterday. I know I'm tough to buy for (a blue Tiffany box doesn't really float my boat), but Mr Bondville nailed it. When I opened up my presents to find three small Dinosaur Designs drawstring bags, I just about flipped my lid. Aren't these pieces amazing! I couldn't be more thrilled. Thank you Harris!
You can find Dinosaur Designs resin jewellery and homewares in the online store and stockists around Australia and the US.
Bundanoon-based milk & masuki design gorgeous organic bibs, wraps, blankets and other goodies for the hip newborns in your life. Does your baby love geometric designs? Why, yes. Feathers? Check. Foxes? Of course. You'll find these designs and more in unisex-friendly colours from milk & masuki.
With their beautiful packaging and fashionable sensibilities, milk & masuki newborn products make the perfect baby shower gift. I'm all about the grey chevron and feather design and can only imagine the compliments that Mums all over Australia must be getting with these beautiful pieces.
What a cute gift for girls! Kylie Loy from Tiges & Weince has collaborated with Aileen from LimeDaisy Design to create these sweet pendants for girls. Each necklaces comes with four magnet-backed glass button designs to swap out when the mood strikes. They are packed in a cute metal tin for safekeeping. You can find the pendants in the Tiges & Weince etsy store.
It's the last day before the school holidays here in NSW and like most families, we have a house of tired people! I'm looking forward to more leisurely mornings over the next two weeks and a slower pace (although I have a big birthday party to organise for next weekend, so maybe not!).
What I really need for next term long is a cute t-shirt, dress or tote from Boz + Love to add a little Zen to the every day. With messages like Love, Hope and Faith emblazoned across the front, it's a great daily reminder about the bigger picture. Here are some of my favourites from the current collection in the Boz + Love online store:
Boz + Love is designed and printed right here in Sydney by Bozana Vukovic who came along to our latest abcd meet-up at the LifeInstyle trade show. Boz + Love tees are made from silky smooth tencel (100% sustainably-farmed eucalyptus fibre) and the dresses are made from super-comfy modal and cotton, printed with environmentally-friendly printing processes and inks.
I'd love to sail through the day wearing the quote on the Loving Kindness tee: “With a boundless heart, should one cherish all living beings, radiating kindness over the entire world.” - Buddha’s Discourse on Loving Kindness. Or how about just "Hear The Silence". Anyone?
You can find Boz + Love in the online store as well as at various markets (keep an eye on the blog for details). Another great Mother's Day gift idea!
It's that time of the year when blogs are bestowed with awards and I'm honoured to be nominated for a Best Australian Blogs 2013 award from the Australian Writers' Centre. The finalists and winners are currently being determined, but there is a People's Choice award too, and there are some great writing prizes to be won.
I would love for you to head over to the voting page to vote for your favourite blogs in the People's Choice category. There are so many fabulous sites (1007!), and you can vote for more than one. Look for my besties the red thread and Easy Peasy Organic on there too :) You can vote until 30th April 2013. Let's get behind Aussie writing!
I've long loved Georgina Hobson's styling, beautiful antique linens and vintage wares (through Perpetual One), so was excited to find out all about her self-publish book Lifted - words of honesty and hope for a Mother's heart.
A true labour of love, Lifted was written for Mothers to provide an honest and sincere voice and dialogue about the joys and the real challenges of growing your family.
Lifted began as a reflection of Georgina's experiences as a new mother and grew to include quotes and interviews with a whole range of mothers of various ages and backgrounds. The lovely testimonials that Georgina has received so far prove that Lifted is achieving its goal - to bring comfort and hope to new parents in an authentic way. I think that's an amazing achievement - and it's pretty gorgeous too.
Each limited edition Lifted book is hand-finished with a unique wrap. Georgina has also released a sweet charm bracelet as a companion to the book - a reminder to keep the words that you connect with the most close to your heart as you work through each day. It all sorts of lovely.
You can find the Lifted book as well as companion bracelet and other lovely goodies in the online store. Keep this one in mind for Mother's Day coming up.
Always a sucker for good packaging design and Australian-made goodies, I have another gorgeous product to add to the pantry - luxury loose leaf tea from The Seventh Duchess. The WA-based team behind this lovely brand have created a beautiful visual statement to represent the luxury and romance of their tea.
The Seventh Duchess tea is named after Anna Russell, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford, confidant of Queen Victoria, and a socialite of the highest inner circles in the early 19th century. It is said that the Duchess invented the ritual of afternoon tea, sharing with her friends different tea blends acquired from the Far East, as well as their origin, and different brewing techniques.
The Seventh Duchess range of quality tea tisanes and drinking chocolate contain no artificial colours or flavours. The team offers bespoke services, customising tins for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, events and corporate gifts. I'm besotted.
You can find The Seventh Duchess in the online store as well as stockists across Australia.
I'm still in love with triangles and have fallen hard for these geo cards by Fremantle, WA-based surface designer Danielle Stewart. I've followed Danielle's design work for years (from her days as a textile designer with her Of Paper And Thread label) and after a short break I'm excited to see Danielle designing again; this time a range of 100% post-consumer recycled greeting cards.
Danielle's colour combos are fresh and her designs are modern and punchy. I can't wait to see what comes next. You can find Danielle Stewart Designs greeting cards as well as limited edition screen-printed fabric in her etsy store.
So it's only been two weeks since I got a little over-excited about Melbourne's Kip & Co. bedding, and now they have released their new Autumn Winter 2013 collection Fruit Salad, including single bed pieces for children! They're killing me! Check out the banana-y, brainy, spotty, geo-y goodness in their new range. The kids are going to love it.....
As you can see all the pieces work well together to create a myriad of looks and styles for both boys and girls. I'm partial to the croc design which echoes the popular geo-style design from summer. And seriously, how good is it to see great design for boys that isn't red, white and blue?!?
It's all genius, and I hope that the sales show retailers that parents are willing to step outside the classic colours to help create something totally inspiring for our kids. Watch these colours pop up in the mainstream in the next few years.
If you love the new Fruit Salad collection, you'll have to get in quick as the summer bedding sold like hot cakes and the Kip & Co. team could barely keep up with the demand. Head over to the Kip & Co. website or stockists such as Hunting For George to buy or pre-order your favourites.
Sydney children's clothing designer Patricia Murphy of Broken Tricycle has aced it with this great collection of mix-and-match pieces for kids in sizes 0000 to 2 years. Made from organic cotton (no harsh dyes or chemicals) and sweat shop-free, the Winter 2013 range is comfy and cute to boot.
Did you notice the great options for boys?!? Nearly all the clothes in the collection would work well for both boys and girls - choose from yellow, blue or red stripes to mix-and-match with classic grey and a super-cute beaver print. The signature girl-with-umbrella and rainbow-with-flying-beaver illustrations are bang on-trend. Let your little ones snuggle up in style this winter - every piece in the collection is a no-brainer.
You can find Broken Tricycle in the online store as well as in stockists across Australia. Congratulations Patricia on a fabulous collection - I love it!